Google is axing a number of its limp social products, including Buzz, in favor of Google+ according to a blog post today by Vice President of Product Brad Horowitz.
Search giant Google brought in $9.72 billion in the third quarter this year — or $7.5 billion minus traffic acquisition costs. That amount crushed consensus Wall Street analyst estimates of $7.23 billion, and is a 33 percent increase from the same quarter one year ago.
A Google engineer accidentally posted his extremely honest thoughts about former employer Amazon and current employer Google to the Google+ social network Tuesday night. Sometimes, honesty isn’t pretty.
Google has acquired Twitter statistics startup SocialGrapple, a move suggesting the search titan is looking to boost its Google+ analytics tracking abilities.
In what’s probably the biggest piece of publicity yet for Google’s young social network, the Dalai Lama, leader of Tibetan Buddhism, announced today that he’ll be doing a live Google+ Hangout with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Google has just made an interesting privacy change for users of its Google+ social service this afternoon.
Google released a new application programming interface (API) for Google+ today. The API gives developers access to Google+’s search functions. The API remains public-focused and will only allow developers to access public posts as well as people.
Google has placed more than $100 million aside for original YouTube programming, including a major deal with retired skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In an attempt to promote its new social network, Google has placed a link to musical artist Will.i.Am’s Google+ profile on its search engine homepage.
Google+ opened its doors to the public last week, and has since seen a whopping 1269 percent growth in traffic, according to data from Experian Hitwise. The social network may also have hit 50 million members, according to analyst Paul Allen.
As promised, Google has updated its Google+ iPhone app with a slew of new mobile features, most notably the ability to participate in Hangouts group video chat.
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Google released a slew of updates for its social network Google+ today. With these new updates, Google+ is turning into the social network of choice for web and mobile collaboration.
Klout, the startup best known for its tools that measure a person’s online influence, has added integration with the Google+ social network, the company announced today.
Developers, are you ready to let your end users Hangout?
After months of waiting, Google has finally opened the gates to its Google+ social network so anyone can join without the need for an invite, according to a company blog post.
Google just unveiled a boatload of new features for its fledgling Google+ social network, many of which will be sure to please fans of its Hangouts group video chat.
It has begun. Google released the first of its application programming interfaces (API) for its social network Google+ today, according to a Google blog post.
Good news: A few “trusted” developers will be getting their hands on the Google+ API in the next few days, with wider availability coming in the next weeks, according to a leaked letter from Google Ventures.
iSwifter’s innovative app for streaming Flash content to the iPad now supports Google+ games, making it the first app to do so, the company announced today.
Austrian blogger/developer Florian Rohrweck, who discovered unreleased Google+ features by exploring the source code, was hired by the company, Rohrweck announced on his blog Monday.
Google has added the ability to ignore specific user accounts and strengthened its option to block accounts on its new social network Google+, the company announced in a note Friday.
Just one week after Slide’s Photovine photosharing app officially debuted, it appears that trouble is afoot for the Google-owned social app startup.
Social network giant Facebook brought in 870 million unique visitors and a trillion page views in June, according to an updated list of the top 1,000 most-visited sites on the web released Tuesday by Google subsidiary DoubleClick.
Google on Wednesday updated its +1 button with new functionality that lets users both “+1″ content and automatically share it on their Google+ accounts.
Google has started verifying celebrity accounts on its Google+ social network, the company announced Monday.
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Skype on Sunday said it will acquire group messaging startup GroupMe, a move that will help the company expand its offerings in group-based communications. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Google is apparently keenly aware of the rising popularity of services that allow users to watch streaming media at the same time while communicating.
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Anyone using a pseudonym instead of their real name on Google+ is now at risk of account suspension, the company announced today.
Google has finally added games to its Google+ social network, the company announced in a blog post today. The first set of games includes smash hit game Angry Birds, and games from social gaming powerhouse Zynga and casual games maker PopCap.
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Google’s Google+ iOS app can finally run on the iPad and iPod Touch — but don’t get too excited, iPad users, as the app still isn’t optimized for the tablet’s interface.
You’ll soon have a simple new way to invite friends to Google+, Google engineer Balaji Srinivasan announced today on the service. You’ll be able to send out a link.